Thursday, 7 June 2018

Ashford in the Water well-dressings

Celebrating 100 years of women's votes

As I'm not able to go away on holiday this year, I'm trying to make the most of things to do (more or less) on my doorstep, so a sunny evening last week beckoned me out to Ashford in the Water, near Bakewell, to see their well-dressings.

One of the wells, safely covered

The Angel of the North -
with the Tyne Bridge above,
and details of fishing boats, miners,
and dockyards around the borders.

Some villages only have a single well, spring or pump to decorate, but Ashford has five - decorated in very different styles.

100 years of the RAF

In the evening quiet, Ashford looks picture postcard perfect.

Like any quintessential village,
Ashford has its own cricket team


This was my favourite well-dressing - Alice in Wonderland, with monochrome borders (white pebbles and dark mustard/cabbage seeds), contrasted sharply with the multi-coloured, flamboyant Mad Hatter and giant mushrooms.

The Mad Hatter 
Well-dressings continue throughout the summer in Derbyshire. I visited one of the earliest at Tissington, and hope to catch others in the coming months.

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